The Consummate

Come Together

Posted in spirituality, subculture, yoga by the consummate on October 23, 2010

“Yoga means to unite, to come together. The moment we think of coming together we really become yogis, so let our entire lives be based on this coming together, being together, becoming together. We should become one, or, in other words, we should realize that oneness that is already within us. We are already one, but, unfortunately, nobody has ever answered exactly why we are separate. Different saints have explained the cause of separation in many ways: It is due to ignorance, to illusion or to life in the material world. There are many answers to why we feel separate from each other, but, probably, the true answer will come to us only after we realize our oneness. In that oneness, you find peace within and without.”

– Swami Satichidananda

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Keep Giving

Posted in artists, beauty, friendship, health, judaism, life, love, relationships, spirituality, yoga by the consummate on June 1, 2010

If you keep giving, the world will take care of you.

– Sri Swami Satchidananda

Don’t Even Go Near Fear

Posted in beauty, health, judaism, life, love, spirituality, yoga by the consummate on April 6, 2010

Have complete faith. Don’t even go near fear. Remember: If anything has to happen, it will happen. Think, “All right, let it happen. I am bold! What’s the use of being afraid of it? I’m not going to be able to stop anything that is meant to happen.”

If you really have faith, you don’t have to be afraid of anything. That doesn’t mean that you should not be careful. Be careful, but don’t be afraid.

– Swami Satchidananda

Rise Above the Dualities

Posted in art, artists, beauty, california, family, health, judaism, life, love, music, relationships, spirituality, yoga by the consummate on February 28, 2010

“The real Yoga is when you rise above the good and bad. From that level, you see that both are necessary; then, you can never call a thing evil, because it’s only a shadow. As long as we feel that something is good, we must always also accept something bad, until neutrality comes. These dualities are always there. There are always both sides, positive and negative, light and shade. The good and the absence of good are permitted, just as you say it’s day and it’s night. What is it that becomes the night? Temporarily, the sun is away or hidden, so you call the absence of daylight “night.” The night is not always there; it is always the day. The light is there always, only, temporarily, it gets hidden.”

– Swami Satchidananda

Be Ready to Serve

Posted in beauty, family, friendship, health, judaism, life, love, spirituality, yoga by the consummate on February 16, 2010

“Suppose you tell someone, ‘I’m ready to serve you.’ If the person don’t use your service, or take your advice, you get upset. Suppose you write a book that you want people to read it. If they are not ready to read it, you get upset. Why? What’s your intention then? You may want everyone to read the book, but when someone is ready, he or she will. So, if you have advice and knowledge, don’t simply thrust it onto the wrong people. All you can do is say, ‘Here it is. This is my advice. If you like it, if you can understand it, take it.’ Otherwise, you are not only not helping them, but you are also not helping yourself. So, maintain your peace. Maintain your peace, and be ready to serve.”

– Swami Satchidananda

Why We Practice Yoga

Posted in health, judaism, life, love, spirituality, yoga by the consummate on January 17, 2010

“Normally, the mind is supposed to be like a lake without any waves. Once a desire goes into the mind, it is something like a stone falling into a lake. Once the stone falls in, it creates a depression. Simultaneously, when a depression is created, a crest forms. That is why, very often, you say, ‘Oh, I am very depressed.’ Knowingly or unknowingly, you even use the appropriate words. What’s more, to get out of the depression, you try filling it with things. Then once you fill it up, what happens? You come back to the original level. The depression is filled and you no longer feel depressed. Learning how to keep the stones from falling into the mind is why we practice Yoga.”
– Swami Satchidananda

Create Inside

Posted in beauty, health, life, love, spirituality, yoga by the consummate on January 7, 2010

“If you want to see peace in the world outside, you must first see to it that your own mind is at peace. If you want to see a world free of greed, hatred, and jealousy, you must first see that your own mind is free of those qualities. As long as there are disturbances in your own mind, you will see disturbances in the world outside.”

Sri Swami Satchidananda

The Golden Present: Nothing Is Impossible To Accomplish

Posted in beauty, family, friendship, health, judaism, life, love, photography, relationships, spirituality, yoga by the consummate on December 9, 2009

9 December

Nothing Is Impossible To Accomplish

The entire life is based on imagination. In a way, you are also imagining in meditation. In meditation, you think of God. Have you ever seen God? No. So you are imagining, “That must be God. God should be like this. God should be like that.” That is your God. Another person would imagine the same God in his or her own way. That is why even God’s form varies according to the person who imagines God. That is the proof that everything comes from within.

In meditation you are imagining something that you want to ultimately become or develop. “God is almighty, God is all-powerful, God is all-forgiving, God is all love.” You constantly think of certain things and the mind assumes that image, assumes that quality. But one thing is important: you should think strongly. You should be strong enough in your suggestions. That is what you are trying to develop in your meditation. You are strengthening your thoughts by constantly thinking of the same thing. To make yourself strong in your thoughts, you have to keep on dinning that into your mind. “This is what I want to become. This is what I want to become.” That means you imagine that you are going to be like that – that you are that. Then certainly you will become that. Once you achieve that kind of thought power, nothing is impossible to accomplish.

Om Shanthi, Shanthi, Shanthi

– SWAMI SATCHIDANANDA / The Golden Present

All Your Actions are Echoes

Posted in friendship, health, life, love, relationships, spirituality, yoga by the consummate on October 26, 2009

“It’s easy to get into a fit of anger or do some harm. But to do good, you need more courage, and in that way you benefit yourself. That’s why, when the Bible asks you to love your neighbor as your own self. You don’t lose anything by doing so. Rather, you are the biggest gainer. Conversely, if you can’t bring good to yourself, you can’t do good to others. It happens automatically. It’s something like a boomerang; just throw it, and it comes back to you. Anything that you throw comes back. All your actions are echoes. What you give, you get back, but several times more. So, if you want to gain more, give more.

God bless you. OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.”

– Swami Satchidananda

Integral Yoga

Posted in spirituality, yoga by the consummate on August 29, 2009

“What does the term ‘Integral Yoga’ mean? The very term ‘integral’ reminds us of integrity and, also, that there is a neutral, tranquil force, which has many faces and is all embracing. Integral Yoga is good for a worldly person or for one who is totally dedicated to spiritual life. Anyone can follow this method to gain at least some benefit. Even in the worldly sense, a business person can become a better business person, a sales person can make more sales, and a doctor can improve in his or her field, and so on. Why? Because Integral Yoga serves all the different aspects of the individual: the physical, vital, mental, moral, intellectual and spiritual.

God bless you. OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.”

– Swami Satchidananda

Gurudev

Posted in life, san francisco, spirituality, yoga by the consummate on August 19, 2009

Swami Satchidananda

Thoughts of you today.

More on the life and work of Swami Satchidananda.

Beautiful chants by Gurudev.

Change of Form

Posted in life, spirituality, yoga by the consummate on August 11, 2009

image courtesy of Bruno Dayan

“Death means change of form, that’s all. It is inevitable and it is happening every minute. You are not the same person you were a minute ago. A part of you is already dead and a part is being born. The soul simply changes vehicles.”


Sri Swami Satchidananda


A One-pointed Mind

Posted in life, relationships, spirituality, yoga by the consummate on July 20, 2009

 

A One-pointed Mind

 “When the mind is concentrated, it gains more strength. Anything that is dissipated loses its strength. If you gather all the thought forms and concentrate on one idea or object, the mind will reveal the inner secret of that idea. That is what inventors do. They are deeply concentrated, their mind are one-pointed, so nature reveals its secrets to them. Because these individuals’ minds were one-pointed, they could penetrate the secret of the atom. That control, that one-pointedness is possible. With that you can gain anything you want in this world. There is nothing in this world that a one-pointed mind cannot gain.

God bless you. OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.”

– Sri Swami Satchidananda